Jac­inta has good rea­son to run

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

JAC­INTA Ber­lin­geri is liv­ing proof that re­gard­less of cir­cum­stance any­one can “have a go”.

The mother of three is a part-time univer­sity lec­turer, PhD stu­dent and a marathon run­ner – she also has type 1 di­a­betes.

Although the Mos­man Park res­i­dent said her life had changed sub­stan­tially since the di­ag­no­sis about 15 years ago, it had not stopped her from liv­ing it.

“I did the City to Surf last year and I was the sixth fe­male – that was a great run. I’ve run Ber­lin (marathon) the year be­fore and the Gold Coast (marathon),” Mrs Ber­lin­geri said.

“With my di­eti­cian, sports spe­cial­ist and coach we just worked out a plan on how to keep com­pet­ing even though I’ve got di­a­betes – I just have to do lots of mon­i­tor­ing.”

On May 25, Mrs Ber­lin­geri will push her lim­its fur­ther by com­pet­ing in the Run for a Rea­son as an am­bas­sador for Su­bi­aco-based or­gan­i­sa­tion Di­a­betes WA.

How­ever, she said she would be steer­ing clear of the elite side of the event, fo­cus­ing in­stead on in­spir­ing oth­ers with the dis­ease.

“It’s such a great com­mu­nity event – I’ve still got per­sonal goals to achieve but it’s just to demon­strate that any­one can go out and run re­gard­less of whether you’re di­a­betic or not,” Mrs Ber­lin­geri said.

“Even with the younger groups who might be newly di­ag­nosed – I’m kind of go­ing, I’m a marathon run­ner how am I meant to in­spire them, but it does.

“It’s still doable. Just be­cause you’re di­a­betic doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world.”

To do­nate to the Di­a­betes WA team ‘ Dash’, visit https://hbfrun2015.ev­ery­day­hero.com/au/dash-for­dia­betes-wa/mem­bers

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d435327

Dash for di­a­betes: Jac­inta Ber­lin­geri has not al­lowed her di­a­betic con­di­tion to stop her from run­ning marathons.

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